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  • 31 Baltimore officers suspended in extortion scheme

    02/24/2011 2:11:28 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 02/24/2011 | AP News
    Thirty-one Baltimore police officers have been suspended after authorities uncovered a towing extortion scheme, and 17 of them are facing federal charges. The department is starting suspension hearings Thursday for the officers, many of whom were assigned to the northeastern district. It is also filling a staffing gap in that district with a 20-officer community stabilization unit.
  • Chevron asks court to block $9.5B Ecuadorean award {and refuses to apologize}

    02/18/2011 3:15:52 PM PST · by SmithL · 4 replies · 1+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/18/11 | LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
    A Chevron Corp. lawyer said Friday that the company will not apologize for damage that an oil company it purchased is accused of causing to Ecuador's rainforest even though the refusal means a $9.5 billion judgment against it will nearly double within days. Attorney Randy Mastro instead attacked the judgment issued Monday by an Ecuadorean judge as the product of a corrupt judicial system and urged a U.S. judge to block lawyers for Ecuadoreans from trying to collect the money by getting other countries to seize Chevron assets and bank accounts. Mastro told U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan in...
  • AWOL Wisconsin Democrat calls CNN with list of demands (RAT Fleas hold children hostage)

    02/18/2011 7:29:46 AM PST · by Libloather · 85 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/17/11 | Mary Katharine Ham
    AWOL Wisconsin Democrat calls CNN with list of demandsBy Mary Katharine Ham - The Daily Caller Updated: 4:31 PM 02/17/2011 State Senator Mark Miller, a member of the missing band of Wisconsin Democratic lawmakers who fled Madison Thursday to avoid a vote on a budget bill, called into CNN with the group’s list of demands for Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Miller, a state senator since 2004, would not disclose where he and his colleagues were hiding out, saying only “we are in what we consider a secure location outside the capital. We are not all in one place at this...
  • Dianne Wilkerson sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

    01/06/2011 4:57:48 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 26 replies · 1+ views
    NECN (AP) ^ | January 6, 2011
    BOSTON (AP) - A former Massachusetts state senator convicted of corruption after being videotaped stuffing bribe money into her bra has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.
  • "Armed Citizen" Blog Re-Launches; Self-Defense Site Rebounds From Lawsuit

    01/04/2011 4:37:19 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 43 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | January 4, 2011 | David Burnett
    The Armed Citizen is back online!, the premiere website for chronicling civilian defensive gun use re-launched on New Year’s Day following five months of down time. The site, founded by historian and author Clayton Cramer, fell prey to a frivolous lawsuit from a company known as Righthaven, a legal firm which partners with online newspapers to sue blogs that rebroadcast stories or images from the publications. “It’s basically legal extortion,” said co-blogger David Burnett. “They print their stories online with all kinds of buttons inviting you to share the story on the web. If you repost the story with...
  • Mass. jury rules against Lorillard, awards $71M to dead smoker's family

    12/14/2010 2:52:48 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 1+ views ^ | Dec. 14, 2010
    A Massachusetts jury today ordered cigarette manufacturer Lorillard Inc. to pay $71 million in damages to a dead smoker's family for allegedly seducing the Boston woman decades ago into smoking Newport cigarettes. The Suffolk Superior Court jury awarded compensatory damages of $50 million to the estate of Marie Evans and $21 million to her son, William Evans. A hearing on punitive damages in the lawsuit has been scheduled for Thursday. The total amount of damages awarded could rise significantly at that hearing. The case was the first to claim that Lorillard had decided to target minority communities with samples of...
  • Growing threat to Mexico's crops (Hijacking, extortion and murder)

    12/11/2010 3:58:12 PM PST · by Racehorse · 20 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 11 December 2012 | William Pack
    The drug violence in Mexico has a new potential victim: the potent agricultural sector in that country and its multibillion-dollar ties to consumers, farmers and ranchers in the United States. So far, two South Texas produce companies have changed the way they conduct business there. It's primarily how they move strawberries, melons, onions and other produce out of Mexico that has been affected rather than the growing practices themselves, company representatives said. SNIP Progreso already is transporting commodities grown in places like the city of Tampico on Mexico's Gulf Coast and the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico in multi-truck...
  • Righthaven: Obama Ties To Copyright War Deepen

    12/09/2010 11:27:05 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies ^ | 12/9/10 | staff
    Bloggers already know of the association between Barack Obama, Michelle Obama and Steve Gibson. The latter's Righthaven firm has launched a legal war on websites over alleged copyright infringement. All three worked for Chicago Law firm Sidley Austin LLP, where Gibson and Michelle Obama coincidentally specialized in copyright-related "intellectual property" law for the firm. I've just uncovered a further Obama link to this new copyright war. Just two weeks ago Detroit-based Dickinson Wright PLLC acquired Steven Gibson's Las Vegas-based legal firm of Gibson Lowry Burris LLP, with Gibson becoming managing partner of what is now Dickinson's Las Vegas office.
  • Pressured to donate to United Way

    12/02/2010 6:54:35 AM PST · by Ro_Thunder · 79 replies
    Vanity | 02 December 2010 | Self
    So, my place of employment has been pressuring us with high-profile donation campaigns for a month or so. Now, I'm getting emails from the Chairman of the Board who has pledged a one-for-one dollar donation, and wants me to be a first time donor. I have several problems with this, mainly that the United Way nationally does fund Planned Parenthood. Now, locally they say they do not. However, United Way says you can make donations to specific charities. The issue I have with that is does United Way take something of the top for handling these donations? If so, why?...
  • Righthaven seeks to dismiss [its own suit against DU] over posting of R-J story

    11/16/2010 8:18:51 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 31 replies ^ | Nov 16, 2010 | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal's copyright enforcement company no longer wants to litigate one of its more controversial cases: a complaint against the big political website the Democratic Underground. Righthaven LLC on Aug. 10 sued the website after a message-board poster copied to the site four paragraphs of a 34-paragraph May 13 Review-Journal story about Republican Nevada U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle titled "Tea Party power fuels Angle." The post by Democratic Underground website user "pampango" credited the information to the Review-Journal and included a link to the rest of the story on the Review-Journal website. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)...
  • Use of excerpts from and linking to article found to be fair use (Righthaven slapped)

    Righthaven, a company which has purchased and owns the copyrights to various news and media articles, has filed multiple lawsuits against various individuals who have reposted, excerpted or quoted one of Righthaven's copyrighted articles..... ...In one of these cases, a court recently held that the defendant's use of a news article was fair use where the defendant used excerpts of the article on his blog and then linked back to the original article....
  • NAACP voluntarily dismisses bias suit against US Airways

    11/10/2010 1:57:06 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 10 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Tue, Nov. 9, 2010 | By Linda Loyd
    What began as a startling NAACP suit accusing US Airways Group Inc. of discriminating against its African American employees at Philadelphia International Airport has ended with a settlement and a pledge by the airport's largest carrier to strengthen workplace diversity. On the matter of the monetary terms and whether the three former US Airways employees named as plaintiffs in January's federal class-action suit would get - or even want - their old jobs back, no one would say.
  • Righthaven defendant wins first lawsuit dismissal motion

    10/20/2010 4:44:06 PM PDT · by redreno · 8 replies
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2010 | 12:54 p.m. | By Steve Green
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal online copyright infringement lawsuit campaign sustained a setback Tuesday when a judge granted a real estate agent's motion for dismissal, ruling his posting of part of a Review-Journal story on his website amounted to fair use under copyright law.
  • Apple ordered to pay up to $625.5 million in damages to Mirror Worlds

    10/04/2010 11:51:19 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 24 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | Monday, October 04, 2010 - 12:23 PM EDT
    "Apple Inc. was ordered by a jury to pay damages to Mirror Worlds LLC for infringing patents related to how documents are displayed on a computer screen," Susan Decker reports for Bloomberg. "The federal jury in Tyler, Texas, awarded $208.5 million in damages for each of the patents infringed. The verdict form was unclear as to whether the amount applies to the three patents collectively or would be charged individually. Lawyers for closely held Mirror Worlds declined to discuss the verdict," Decker reports. MacDailyNews Take: Tyler, Texas. Rocket Docket. Decker reports, "Mirror Worlds, a software business started by a Yale...
  • Cancel all your European travel and vacation plans – carbon trading extortion is here

    09/28/2010 9:54:30 AM PDT · by Signalman · 14 replies
    WattsUpWithThat ^ | 9/27/2010 | Anthony Watts
    This is idiotic. The EU carbon trading cabal has decided to extort the rest of the air travel world starting in 2012. In a nutshell, they’ll ban flights from landing if the airlines don’t engage in carbon trading. It’s yet another variation of the “Plane Stupid” theme. Foreign airlines are threatened with a flight and landing ban from 2012 in the European Union if they do not participate in emissions trading. The ban is proposed in an internal document by the EU Commission seen by Handelsblatt. Summarised on nine pages, the guidelines describe how such a ban could be implement....
  • Christine O'Donnell in 1999: 'I dabbled into witchcraft'

    09/18/2010 8:29:08 AM PDT · by tlb · 182 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Matt DeLong
    Bill Maher -- on whose former show, "Politically Incorrect," O'Donnell appeared repeatedly in the late 1990s -- showed a previously unaired clip from Oct. 29, 1999, on his current HBO program, "Real Time,": O'DONNELL: I dabbled into witchcraft -- I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. ... I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do. [...] One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar, and I didn't know it. I mean, there's little...
  • Extortion by any other name

    09/13/2010 9:45:08 AM PDT · by agee · 12 replies
    Founding Ideals ^ | September 13, 2010
    You know that when the Wall Street Journal uses the word "thuggish", to describe a letter from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius that the contents must be serious. Normally the WSJ prefers terms like "political hard ball" and "aggressive tactics". We have another more straightforward name for this type of Chicago style politics - extortion.   The Government has heaped a massive amount of regulation onto insurance companies and that has driven their costs up. This fact is understandingly unpopular with the consumers that purchase health insurance, as they were promised that healthcare reform would lower costs. Many consumers and employers...
  • Obama Urges Court to Vacate AGW Decision. I Smell a Rat (or Two!)

    08/31/2010 3:43:54 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | Aug 30, 2010 | Marlo Lewis
    Okay, you get the point. The Obama brief does everything except point out the final absurdity: Because everybody directly or indirectly consumes fossil energy, everybody is both victim and perpetrator. The implicit message of the plaintiffs’ suit is not merely sue thy neighbor, but sue yourself! Why then doesn’t Team Obama draw the obvious conclusion of its own argument and urge the Court to reinstate Judge Preska’s ruling? Why stop at the inherently provisional conclusion that the court of appeals should reassess its decision in light of prudential considerations? Maybe the calculation is simply that the Supreme Court would be...
  • Exposure by Free Republic Forces Huffington Post to Pull Article Threatening Glenn Beck

    08/30/2010 9:12:45 AM PDT · by kristinn · 310 replies · 2+ views
    Monday, August 30, 2010 | Kristinn
    The Huffington Post has pulled an article published this morning targeting Glenn Beck with a $100,000 bounty after news of the threat was broken on Free Republic.The article, titled $100,000 For Glenn Beck's Sex Tapes has been replaced with the following message:Editor's Note: This piece was published directly to the Huffington Post by its author. It didn't meet our editorial standards and has been removed from the site.The URL for the pulled article reflects the title: The author of the threat, Beau Friedlander, is the former editor-in-chief of Air America.Here is the text of Friedlander's call for information to...
  • Ground Zero Mosque On The Move? (Opponents To Meet With Developers On Troubling Issue)

    08/18/2010 1:26:59 AM PDT · by wardaddy · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Drudge/CBS ^ | 8-17-2010 | Wire
    NEW YORK (CBS 2) – There was a possible resolution in the works Tuesday night in the debate surrounding the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center near ground zero. CBS 2′s Marcia Kramer has learned it looks as if the developers of the mosque may be willing to budge and move away from the Park 51 location where they originally planned the construction. So will the mosque be moving? New York Gov. David Paterson plans to meet with developers of the controversial ground zero mosque as early as this week to offer them state land – at another location –...
  • Contractor Linked to Former H-P CEO Hurd Disclosed

    08/08/2010 4:22:14 PM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 55 replies · 1+ views
    The marketing contractor linked to former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Mark Hurd is Jodie Fisher, an actress who most recently appeared in the reality TV show "Age of Love."
  • Ky. woman guilty of extortion in coach Pitino case

    08/05/2010 1:09:35 PM PDT · by Bad~Rodeo · 8 replies ^ | August 5, 2010 | BRETT BARROUQUERE and WILL GRAVES
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP)—A Kentucky woman was convicted of extortion Thursday after she demanded millions of dollars from Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to keep their tryst at a restaurant secret. Karen Cunagin Sypher, 50, of Louisville, was found guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliating against a witness. As the jury’s verdict was read, Sypher closed her eyes, then opened them and stared at the ceiling. One of her sons sitting in the front row with other family members wept openly. The case involved a 2003 sexual encounter between...
  • Saint Shirley Sherrod: Shut Down for Good of the Country

    07/22/2010 6:57:33 AM PDT · by kristinn · 352 replies · 9+ views
    Thursday, July 22, 2010 | Kristinn
    Former USDA official Shirley Sherrod, who claims she was falsely smeared as a racist while she herself falsely smears Republicans and Fox News as racists, said this morning that she would like to see, the website that made her famous, shut down for the good of the country.CNN's American Morning reported on Sherrod's demand:She said if Breitbart's site were shut down, "That would be a great thing, because I don't see how that advances us in this country ... at a time when we should be trying to look at how we can make space for all of us...
  • Vilsack apologizes to Sherrod

    07/21/2010 2:23:10 PM PDT · by wardaddy · 90 replies
    CNN ^ | 7-21-10 | Hanna
    <p>Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he has apologized to Shirley Sherrod, who resigned from her Agriculture Department job under pressure this week over a video showing her making comments about a white farmer.</p>
  • Obama Admin Gives Goldman Sachs an (almost) Free Pass

    07/16/2010 7:14:01 PM PDT · by nysuperdoodle · 6 replies
    ECR ^ | 16 Jul 10 | EC
    Today Goldman Sachs settled with the SEC for $550 Million. That sounds like a lot of money until you think about the breadth of the market manipulation in which Goldman was engaged. Here's my take - What really went on here was an old-fashioned shakedown. After a few months of Obama making the most of his populist attack on Goldman, now Obama can stop attacking them, and they can get back to contributing to his campaign. After all, they are his #2 contributors. What a relief.
  • Can You Hear Goldman Sachs Laughing? ( They just scored a major victory vs. the SEC)

    07/16/2010 7:15:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 2+ views
    The Daily Beast ^ | 07/16/2010 | Tunku Varadarajan
    After a big wind-up, the SEC is essentially allowing Goldman Sachs to redeem itself for the price of a few days' revenue. Absorbing the gush of news yesterday afternoon, I was struck between the eyes by the fact that the financial reform bill had sailed blithely through the political portals on the very same day on which it was announced that Goldman Sachs would settle its potentially castrating lawsuit with the SEC (a body now known in the Varadarajan household as the “Securities Eyewash Commission”). As they say in the movies, all coincidences are purely coincidental! (If you believe that,...
  • Goldman settles with SEC for $550 million

    07/15/2010 3:14:08 PM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 17 replies ^ | July 15, 2010 | Julianne Pepitone
    (Excerpt) NEW YORK ( -- Goldman Sachs paid $550 million to settle charges of defrauding investors in a sale of securities tied to subprime mortgages, the Securities and Exchange Commission said Thursday. ..... In a statement, the SEC called the settlement "a stark lesson to Wall Street firms that no product is too complex ... to avoid a heavy price if a firm violates the fundamental principles of honest treatment and fair dealing."
  • Farrakhan Tells Jews He Wants Reparations

    07/13/2010 3:55:43 PM PDT · by rickb308 · 68 replies · 5+ views
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 13 Jul 2010 03:57 PM | Jim Meyers
    Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan has sent a three-page letter to the heads of 16 Jewish organizations seeking reparations from Jews in what a National Review writer terms “an unsubtle attempt at extortion.”
  • Wall Street Bails Out on Obama

    07/09/2010 12:25:12 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies ^ | July 9, 2010 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON -- After a year of being pilloried and persecuted in Congress, many of Wall Street's donors have ended their rocky, odd-couple relationship with the Democrats and closed their checkbooks. The news that a growing number of Wall Street fat cats are no longer giving money to the Democratic House and Senate campaign committees is the latest in a lengthening saga of bad news for the Democrats who face what could be catastrophic losses in the midterm elections. Since the 2008 election, Wall Street tycoons who helped elect Barack Obama and bankrolled the Democrats' gains in Congress have become the...
  • Brewer: Most illegal immigrants smuggling drugs

    06/25/2010 1:09:30 PM PDT · by SandRat · 25 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Paul Davenport The Associated Press
    Gov Brewer says most of the illegals are hualing Drugs and doing other crimes.
  • Is Obama's BP Shakedown an Impeachable Offense?

    06/21/2010 3:28:59 AM PDT · by Scanian · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 21, 2010 | Raymond Richman
    As former counsel and trainer in political tactics for ACORN, President Obama used a well-known ACORN tactic, the shakedown, in getting BP to create the $20 billion escrow (slush!) fund without any law, legal controls, or binding rules to guide it on how, to whom, and how much those injured materially by the oil spill will be paid. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, well-respected and well-known for heading the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, was appointed by the President to administer the escrow fund. BP will pay $5 billion into the fund for four years, starting in 2010. BP announced early after...
  • Trouble over Oiled Waters

    06/18/2010 7:45:15 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 10 replies · 547+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 20 June 2010 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    <p>At most times and in some circumstances presidential speeches carry weight far beyond the actual words spoken or written. A President’s verbal gaff can start a war, rather than prevent one. A slight mistake by a President can cause American, or even international, markets to collapse, rather than stabilize.</p>
  • Obama calls $20 billion BP escrow account for claims a 'good start'

    06/16/2010 12:29:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 48 replies · 711+ views
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2010 | Sam Youngman
    President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that BP officials have agreed to set up a $20 billion escrow account to pay claims for losses resulting from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama, speaking in the White House State Dining Room after an exhaustive meeting with the company's officials, said the company also volunteered to establish a $100 million fund to compensate workers' lost wages from Obama's moratorium on offshore drilling. Obama said he has seen the frustration and concerns of Gulf Coast citizens, and the escrow account "will provide substantial assurance the claims people and businesses have will...
  • Bachmann: Obama Exceeding Constitutional Authority in Ordering BP to Surrender Funds--'Extortion'

    06/16/2010 10:54:35 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 92 replies · 1,479+ views
    CNSNews ^ | June 16, 2010 | Chistopher Neefus
    Washington ( – Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Tuesday that President Barack Obama is exceeding his legitimate constitutional authority in telling BP it must set up an independent fund, not controlled by the company, for compensating victims of the Gulf oil spill. She described the administration's policy as an action "that's all about extortion." "Private companies need to be held accountable but not necessarily to the executive branch," said Bachmann. "It seems to me there’s a misreading of the Constitution and a misunderstanding of jurisdictional limits from this White House on what the extent of executive power is. They don’t seem to understand that and it—now it seems that it’s all...
  • Barack Obama: The OPM President

    06/14/2010 8:18:02 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies · 267+ views
    Friends of Ours ^ | 06/14/10 | Friends of Ours
    Obama will be known as the "Other People's Money" president. In his latest bid to bankrupt the country, Obama is urging Congress to print an additional $50 billion that will be financed on the debt-burdened backs of the American people saying the money is needed to avoid "massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters" as reported by Lori Montgomery for The Washington Post. However, these "teachers, police and firefighters" who purportedly will lose their jobs unless Uncle Sam (i.e., you and me) underwrites them, are local government employees, and their own communities are entirely capable of addressing the payroll issue...
  • ...Regarding the Joran van deo Sloot Investigation [FBI STATEMENT]

    06/10/2010 3:42:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 20 replies · 920+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Joint Statement by United States Attorney Joyce White Vance and FBI Special Agent in Charge Patrick Maley Regarding the Joran van der Sloot Investigation In April of this year, the FBI and U.S. Attorney's office in Birmingham, Alabama initiated an investigation into allegations of criminal conduct by Joran van der Sloot related to the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba five years earlier. Prior to law enforcement's involvement in the situation, Van der Sloot offered to provide information to an individual regarding the location of Natalee Holloway's remains and the circumstances of her...
  • Marine to be fired for not giving money to Democrats

    06/10/2010 12:26:37 PM PDT · by RogerFGay · 21 replies · 885+ views ^ | June 10, 2010 | Robert Moon
    In yet another demonstration of how incapable liberals are of competing on a level playing field, Retired Maj. Stephen Godin, who runs a high school ROTC program in Massachusetts, is being given an ultimatum: Pay $500 in union "representation" money (i.e., give money to Democrats) or be fired.Godin refuses to be brow-beaten into paying involuntary union dues, saying, "It's the principal of the matter. I think they're trying to extort money from me. They do nothing for me."But in Massachusetts (as well as dozens of other states), his rights go straight out the window. Despite our Equal Opportunity laws, if you don't want...
  • Private Investigator: Joran Van der Sloot went to Peru with $25,000 from FBI extortion sting.

    06/09/2010 11:39:27 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 40 replies · 164+ views
    Fox News & AP ^ | 6/10/2010 | Fox News
    A private investigator who helped build an extortion case against Joran Van der Sloot says the young Dutchman should have been arrested before he went to Peru. Bo Dietl says FBI agents recorded a meeting last month in Aruba where Van der Sloot requested money from a lawyer for the family of Natalee Holloway in exchange for information about her 2005 disappearance.
  • Chef In Gay Extort Bust

    06/07/2010 4:31:41 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 17 replies · 63+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 7 June 10 | None listed
    <p>JUNE 7--While on a business trip last month to Washington, D.C., a married Michigan man was awoken one morning when an unidentified caller dialed his hotel room. The caller announced that he was in possession of photos showing the businessman "participating in homosexual acts from the evening before," and demanded $25,000 in hush money, or the images would be forwarded to the man's wife and business associates.</p>
  • NBC: Beth Holloway targeted in extortion scheme

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—- Law enforcement sources have confirmed to NBC that Natalie Holloway’s mother Beth Holloway was targeted by Joran van der Sloot in an alleged extortion scheme. Thursday U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance announced extortion and wire fraud charges against van der Sloot. Vance claimed van der Sloot sold false information about Natalie Holloway’s disappearance and circumstances surrounding her death to someone in Birmingham. Vance said $15,000 was wired from Birmingham to the Netherlands on May 10, 2010 and that van der Sloot was ultimately seeking $250,000.
  • Alabama authorities: Van der Sloot tried to sell Holloway details

    06/03/2010 4:58:03 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 39 replies · 1,928+ views
    CNN ^ | 6/3/10 | CNN Wire Staff
    Joran van der Sloot faces an arrest warrant on charges of extortion and wire fraud in Alabama, U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance said Thursday. The charges are unrelated to van der Sloot's status as a suspect in the killing of a Peruvian woman. The complaint alleges that van der Sloot tried to extort $250,000 from an individual in exchange for the location of the remains of Alabama teen Natalee Holloway and the circumstances surrounding her death, Vance said. Van der Sloot was once the main suspect in Holloway's disappearance in Aruba in 2005.
  • Natalee Holloway Extended Discussion Thread #21

    06/02/2010 1:42:42 PM PDT · by RGVTx · 1,063 replies · 13,311+ views
    Multiple sources | N/A | N/A
    This is a consolidation of the current threads on FR. It is intended to make discussion and updates easier.
  • U.S. authorities charge Van der Sloot with extortion

    06/03/2010 3:35:08 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies · 1,734+ views ^ | June 3, 2010
    BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Joran Van der Sloot, the longtime suspect in the disappearance of missing Mountain Brook teenager Natalee Holloway, has been accused of offering $250,000 in exchange for her whereabouts. In a criminal complaint filed Thursday by the U.S. Attorney in Birmingham, Van der Sloot is accused of offering $250,000 to a person in Birmingham in exchange for information about the whereabouts of her remains in Aruba.
  • Joran van der Sloot charged with extrortion in Natalie Holloway case

    06/03/2010 2:46:02 PM PDT · by freespirited · 56 replies · 2,235+ views
    WMBF News ^ | 06/03/10
      BIRMINGHAM, AL (WSFA) - The U. S. government has charged Joran van der Sloot with attempting to receive money in exchange for revealing the location of Natalee Holloway's body.  Van der Sloot has long been suspected in the 2005 disappearance of Holloway in Aruba.Chilean police say they have detained van der Sloot in connection with the murder of a woman in Peru.Police spokeswoman Macarena Olivares says van der Sloot has been taken into custody in Chile's capital of Santiago. Five years to the date after Holloway disappeared, van der Sloot was the last person seen with a Peruvian woman found dead...
  • What's really behind SEIU's Bank of America protests?

    05/24/2010 4:34:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 57 replies · 2,019+ views
    Fortune ^ | May 19, 2010 | Nina Easton
    (FORTUNE) -- Every journalist loves a peaceful protest-whether it makes news, shakes up a political season, or holds out the possibility of altering history. Then there are the ones that show up on your curb--literally. Last Sunday, on a peaceful, sun-crisp afternoon, our toddler finally napping upstairs, my front yard exploded with 500 screaming, placard-waving strangers on a mission to intimidate my neighbor, Greg Baer. Baer is deputy general counsel for corporate law at Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500), a senior executive based in Washington, D.C. And that -- in the minds of the organizers at the politically influential...
  • Video of Beggar Threatening County Commissioner for $2.00

    05/22/2010 10:11:47 AM PDT · by Tina Grazier · 20 replies · 868+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/22/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Somethings are just too incredible to believe unless you see it for yourself. Well what we have here is Shelby County (TN) Commissioner Steve Mulroy being interviewed by a TV reporter. While the camera is rolling, a panhandler walks up to the commissioner, tells him to keep his mouth shut and to hand over $2.00. After the commissioner refused to give him the money, the panhandler then demanded that the politician have two dollars for him every time he sees him. The whole incident is only funny after the fact because there was no physical violence. As you will...
  • Video of Beggar Threatening County Commissioner for $2.00

    05/22/2010 4:39:08 AM PDT · by OneVike · 33 replies · 1,090+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 5/22/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Somethings are just too incredible to believe unless you see it for yourself. Well what we have here is Shelby County (TN) Commissioner Steve Mulroy being interviewed by a TV reporter. While the camera is rolling, a panhandler walks up to the commissioner, tells him to keep his mouth shut and to hand over $2.00. After the commissioner refused to give him the money, the panhandler then demanded that the politician have two dollars for him every time he sees him. The whole incident is only funny after the fact because there was no physical violence. As you will...
  • Woodstock Unite! If You're A Artist You Can Quit Work & The Rest Of Us Will Pay For Your Healthcare

    05/15/2010 8:30:50 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies · 551+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-15-10 | Curt
    Here is Nancy Pelosi a few months ago telling a group of musicians and artists that because of ObamaCare they can now leech off of the rest of us saps who have to work for a living: [VIDEO AT SITE] We see it as an entrepreneurial bill, a bill that says to someone, if you want to be creative and be a musician or whatever, you can leave your work, focus on your talent, your skill, your passion, your aspirations because you will have health care. I'm thinking a lot of doctors will want to escape the grind and become...
  • Sharpton, in Phoenix, vows protests unless Ariz. immigration law repealed [Rev. ShakeDown]

    05/05/2010 6:52:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 47 replies · 917+ views
    Rev. ShakeDown er Sharpton is threatening Arizona.
  • Regime Puts Boot on BP's Neck

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